Israeli authorities block adverts urging female airline passengers not to move seats for ultra-Orthodox Jewish men

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El Al planes on the tarmac at Ben Gurion International airport AFP/Getty Images. The Muslim Times has the best collection of articles for women rights and promoting secularism in every country of the world

Source: Independent

By Chris Baynes

Israeli authorities have refused to display adverts informing female airline passengers they are not obliged to change seats at the request of ultra-Orthodox Jewish men who do not want to sit next to them.

The Israeli Religious Action Centre (IRAC) had hoped to run a billboard campaign at Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv during the Jewish holiday Passover.

The campaign follows a court ruling last year in favour of Renee Rabinowitz, an 82-year-old Holocaust survivor who was asked by El Al cabin crew to move after a strictly Orthodox Jewish male passenger refused to be seated next to her on one of the company’s flights.

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